Marcus Rashford the 23 year old Manchester United player became the youngest person to make it to the Sunday Times Giving List. He is well known for his various acts of charity and activism. The Giving List ranks philanthropists by setting the charitable sums given or raised against their net worth in the Sunday Times Rich List.
‘In the Box Christmas Campaign’
In 2019, Marcus Rashford launched the ‘In the Box Christmas Campaign’ which supported three of the city’s biggest homeless shelters in Barnabus, Centrepoint and Lifeshare. The public was encouraged to fill a shoebox with comb, gloves, hand sanitiser, hand warmers, hat, hypo-allergenic soap, roll on deodorant, socks, thermal underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, wind up torch that was distributed to the needy during christmas.
A campaign to end child food poverty in England
Since last year, when lockdown was set by the government, Rashford has joined FareShare to deliver meals to students who were no longer receiving their free school meals, to children who attended community centres and school breakfast clubs.
The target was to provide meals to 400,000 children in the area but the young footballer revealed that the charity had been able to reach three million children across the country. Rashford continued by writing a letter to the UK government about ending child food poverty and also used his Twitter account to promote cafés, individual people and local businesses offering assistance to FareShare to help the impoverished around the country. Rashford became the youngest person to be ranked first on the philanthropy list by raising £20 million from supermarkets for charity groups fighting against child food poverty in the UK.
Who else was on the Sunday Times Giving List?
Second on the list was the Sainsbury family, who own the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, and are major contributors in different charities that generated approximately £230 million for charities.
Third was Jonathan Ruffer, who donated £62 million in 2020. He moved from the fourth place on the giving list in 2020, to the third place.